Trump’s Interior Secretary Opens More Federal Lands To Hunting And Fishing

Northern pintail ducks flock to the wetlands of the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge during their migrations in southern Oregon in this handout photo from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taken February 25, 2009. More than 10,000 migrating birds have died from an avian cholera outbreak blamed on reduced water flows through vast marshlands of southern Oregon and northern California known as Western Everglades, federal wildlife officials said.

Avian cholera, which poses virtually no risk to human health, surfaces in the region nearly every year in wetlands of the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, but the recent waterfowl die-off there is the worst in over a decade, said Matt Baun, a spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. REUTERS/US Fish and Wildlife Service/Handout (UNITED STATES – Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – RTR30WSV


Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke proposed opening and expanding hunting and fishing access on 10 national wildlife refuges Wednesday, according to a Department of the Interior (DOI) press release.
The refuges are located across eight states: Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, and Wisconsin. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will take comments on the proposal for 30 days, ending Sept. 8.

“As the steward of our public lands, one of my top priorities is to open up access wherever possible for hunting and fishing so that more families have the opportunity to pass down the heritage,” Zinke said. “The last thing I want to see is hunting and fishing become elite sports. These ten refuges will provide incredible opportunities for sportsmen and anglers across the country to access the land and connect with the wildlife.”

If finalized, hunting would be allowed on 373 refuges and 312 would allow fishing.


Zinke has championed expanding sportsmen’s access to public lands since his first day as secretary of the interior.

“Over the past eight years however, hunting, and recreation enthusiasts have seen trails closed and dramatic decreases in access to public lands across the board,” Zinke said in a statement a day after the Senate confirmed him as interior secretary. “It worries me to think about hunting and fishing becoming activities for the land-owning elite

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